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Kawai K500 pricing #2485730
11/29/15 04:38 PM
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Hello! I'm in the market for a new upright piano. This will be my first acoustic, but have played for many years primarily on a stage piano and keyboards. My 6 year old daughter will also be starting lessons soon so wanted to make the jump to an acoustic.

Looked at the Kawai K300 and K500 and also the Yamaha U1, but really liked the extra bass response and overall tonality of the K500. Current local dealer special is just over $7500 plus tax & delivery ($150). We only have one dealer in the area so have no way of making comparisons to know if this is a good price or not. Based on my search of the forums, seems like this is in the ballpark, but wondering how much I could potentially try to fairly negotiate from here (I'm in the Midwest). Appreciate the input! Thanks!

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Re: Kawai K500 pricing [Re: Soosh] #2485758
11/29/15 06:12 PM
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That's in excess of a 35% discount from the SMP pricing - a really good deal that I'd doubt will move lower unless the instrument is really old stock (impossible, as the K500 line is less than a year old, if memory serves), or you're receiving something that was unprepped or straight from the crate (not desirable).

More info here:
http://www.pianobuyer.com/fall15/230.html


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Re: Kawai K500 pricing [Re: Soosh] #2485765
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Good piano. If I didn't want a small grand I could consider the 500 a lifetime piano. List is 13,700, the Piano Buyer* guide suggested max (street) price is 11,900. Conventional wisdom is that 30 percent off of SMP is a good price and 30 off of SMP (for the 500) is 8300 so 7,500 is more than fair. It may even be why he's holding out for delivery instead of rolling it into the out the door price as is so often the case. Make sure the basic bench is included. The pIano will probably need 2 tunings in the first 3 4 months. One after 2-6 weeks as the piano settles into your home and another after 3 months to help it stabilize at pitch. Many recommend 3-4 tunings in the first year before settling into a 2x a year routine.

Good luck and have fun, (We like pictures)

Kurt


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